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Ring of Fire
Media release 3
6 July 2017

“Six times Goat to take on the Ruapehu Ring of Fire”

He’s not called the Goat for nothing… Sjors Coorporal has dominated the 20km technical mountain run held on Mount Ruapehu for the past 6  years making him the Greatest Of All Time.  Sjors has shown plenty of ‘goat like’ strength and agility to maintain speed over broken uneven terrain and he will need those abilities as he turns his attention to the newest mountain challenge – the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.

The Ring of Fire is a circumnavigation of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano located in the Tongariro National Park.  Runners start and finish from the historic Chateau Tongariro, departing at 4:00am.

Sjors is expected to be in good company as many other top class runners are expected to take on the mountain in its inaugural year 7 April 2018.  Runners are expected from NZ, Australia and from as far afield as China.

Course Director Tim Day from New Zealand Trail Runs believes the 72km course will deliver its fair share of challenges to competitors with lots of elevation changes, a rocky and mixed running surface, creek crossings and of course the varying temperatures associated with an alpine environment.  Day says it is an achievable event, especially with the option of a 3 person relay and 50km walk, but it is an event that entrants must respect and train properly for.

Kerry Suter from New Zealand’s leading trail run training company Squadrun expects the winner to complete the event in under 8 hours depending upon the weather conditions on the day.  Suter says it is likely that a relay team of 3 will be the first across the line, but it is possible that an extremely fit and technically competent Solo runner might still have a chance.  He says the race is as much about the tail end of the field as it is about the leaders and he looks forward to welcoming everyone back home to the finish line as runners scramble to make it back by the mid night cut off.

Entries for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire open on Monday 10th of July at 9:00am.  With the events sister event – The Goat selling out in just 15 minutes, it is expected that entries will be snapped up early.

Picture of Sjors Corporaal winning the Goat Alpine Adventure Run, by Jamie Troughton.

 

MEDIA RELEASE
Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon
Saturday 7 April 2018 – Tongariro National Park – New Zealand
Media 2, Date: Monday 22 May 2017.

Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ticks all the boxes for international competitors”

Competitors in the Ultra Trail Australia event held in the Blue Mountains near Sydney over the weekend have shown a lot of interest in being part of the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon scheduled for Saturday 7 April 2018.
Ruapehu Ring of Fire organiser Nick Reader said that they had specifically targeted competitors and supporters taking part in Ultra Trail Australia as they share the same competitive, environmental and cultural values that are central to the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.
“The Blue Mountains where Ultra Trail Australia was held is a world heritage area just like the Tongariro National Park, which will host the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.”
“We were very happy, but not overly surprised, at the level of excitement shown by both competitors and supporters at Ultra Trail Australia at the idea of coming over to NZ to take part in the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire next year,” he said.
“The Ruapehu Ring of Fire ‘ticks all the boxes’ for ultra-marathon competitors and their supporters.”
“The location of the event itself in a dual world heritage national park combining spectacular alpine terrain and scenery, respect for cultural and environmental values, and a race that will challenge competitors physically, mentally and physically.”
“We are very confident that we will achieve our target competitor goal of 800 athletes for the 2018 event that includes 100 internationals, and then growing that to over 1,000 athletes in subsequent years.”
“With events such as the Ruapehu Ring of Fire there are typically one or two supporters for every competitor which could see Ruapehu hosting around 2,400 event specific visitors over the event weekend and lead up to it.”
“The Ultra Trail Australia attracted 4,500 competitors which highlights the huge popularity of ultra trail running world-wide and the potential for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire to develop into an iconic international signature-sporting event for Ruapehu and NZ.”
“Entries for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire will officially open on Monday 10 July at 9am NZ time, however, in the interim people can find more information at www.rof.co.nz or contact myself directly on 021 632 721 or email nick@rof.co.nz.”
The location of the Ruapehu Ring of Fire ultra-marathon in the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park combining spectacular alpine terrain and scenery, respect for cultural and environmental values, and a race that will challenge competitors physically, mentally and physically ‘ticks all the boxes’ for potential international competitors.

 

MEDIA RELEASE
Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon
Saturday 7 April 2018 – Tongariro National Park – New Zealand
Media 1, Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

“Ruapehu Set to Establish New International Adventure Event”

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018 based from the Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage area.

The event has been more than eighteen months in the planning with support given by Iwi surrounding Mount Ruapehu including Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Uenuku and Ngati Rangi. It is the natural evolution of the two existing off road running events on the mountain – the annual Goat Tongariro and Tussock Traverse that take place on the iconic Round the Mountain track.

Event options for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire will include the 72km three leg relay, an epic 72km Solo Ultra and a 45km Adventure Marathon. The Relay and Solo Ultra events will involve a full circumnavigation of the mountain on the iconic Round the Mountain track starting and finishing at the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

The event is expected to attract up to 800 athletes in its first year including 100 internationals; growing into over 1,000 athletes in subsequent years.

The event has been created by The Event Collective, a collaborative of some of New Zealand’s best off road adventure event directors: Jason Cameron (The Goat Adventure Run & Tussock Traverse), Nick Reader (Ruapehu Express) and Tim Day and Paul Charteris (Tarawera Ultra Marathon, Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km and the Waitomo Trail Run).

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that the Ruapehu District Council in conjunction with Visit Ruapehu were both excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ultra, Marathon and Relay and what we believe will become an iconic international signature-sporting event for the Ruapehu region.

“With its strong conservation values and commitment to respecting the cultural heritage of the area the Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ultra, Marathon and Relay is the perfect fit for the dual World Heritage status Tongariro National Park where the event will take place,” said Mayor Cameron.

“We look forward to welcoming participants and their supporters to Ruapehu in April 2018 and what will be a truly unique New Zealand experience.”

Jason Cameron of The Event Collective said “having organised events in the region since 2004, the Ruapehu Ring of Fire event will be the most challenging and exciting event we have been involved with in the Park and we are committed to developing this into a world renowned event event for Ruapehu and New Zealand”.

“We are looking forward to working with local Iwi and other community groups to make this an authentic and memorable experience for international and national visitors alike and are delighted to have the support of the Ruapehu District Council and Visit Ruapehu to enable this event to be launched”, said Jason Cameron.

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire is being launched this weekend at the Ultra Trail Australia event being staged in the Blue Mountains near Sydney and part of the Ultra Trail World Tour.

Entries will officially open on Monday 10 July at 9am NZ time at www.rof.co.nz.

For more information contact Nick Reader 021 632 721 or email nick@rof.co.nz.Ring

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